Warriors go on road to beat Newport, 51-32; enter postseason as No. 5 seed
The Philomath High School boys basketball team earned one of the eight automatic berths into the Class 4A playoffs on Tuesday with a 51-32 victory at Newport.
The Warriors finish the regular season with records of 17-5 overall and 11-1 in the Oregon West Conference. Philomath qualified as 4A’s No. 5 seed and will host a first-round playoff game against an opponent to be determined on Friday, March 4.
Cascade and Philomath tied for first place in the Oregon West standings after splitting their season series and beating everybody else but the Cougars were awarded the top spot based on its OSAA ranking. Cascade qualified as the No. 2 seed.
Other automatic qualifiers include No. 1 Junction City, No. 3 Marshfield, No. 4 Seaside, No. 6 La Grande, No. 7 Henley and No. 8 Gladstone. Oregon West teams that will try to play their way into the playoffs include Stayton, Woodburn and Newport.
In the regular-season finale on the road, the Warriors methodically pulled away with leads of 11-7 after the first and 21-15 at halftime. In the third quarter, Philomath had its top offensive production of the night with 17 and took a 38-26 lead into the fourth quarter. The Cubs managed just six points over the final eight minutes and in fact, had single digits in three of the four quarters.
PHS junior Ty May had a strong second half with 13 of his 16 points coming in the third and fourth quarters. May was particularly strong at the foul line by making seven of eight free throws. Another junior, Cole Beardsley, hit double figures as well with 10 points on five field goals.
Philomath led by four points after the first quarter with Beardsley scoring four and senior Cole Matthews hitting on a 3-pointer and a couple of free throws. The Warriors spread out the scoring in the second quarter, which included points off the bench from sophomore Jacob Peters and senior Carson Gerding.
In the third quarter, May hit a 3-pointer and scored nine points to lead the charge. Beardsley had a couple of hoops as well and Peters and Gerding again contributed off the bench. In the fourth, senior Logan Carter had seven points, senior Isaac Lattin hit a hoop and May made all four of his foul shot attempts.
Kaden Bruns with 11 and Carson Braxling with 10 led Newport (9-14 overall, 4-8 Oregon West).